My Favorite Quilt Projects | A personal blog from Erica Loomis, owner of Little Fabric Shop
In honor of National Quilt Day this Sunday, March 20th, I am celebrating this craft. Quilting has brought joy to my life. It has been fun creating new quilts and playing with fabrics. At times I have challenged myself with new techniques and colors, while at other times, I have sewn to relax and worked with patterns or fabrics that are in my comfort zone. My home is filled with quilts, and I have loved sharing quilts with my family and friends. Here are some of the quilts I have made and why I love them.
My Very First Quilt Ever
This cute little quilt was not made with a pattern. I had bought a fabric bundle from Cath Kidston while travelling in London, England. I saved this fabric forever trying to find the perfect project to use it. I watched a video on how to quilt and became inspired. After combining the fabric with cute bird fabric, I created a simple quilt, and I was hooked.
The Shimmer Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew is a beginner and fat quarter friendly quilt. I purchased the Fibs & Fables fat quarter bundle by Anna Maria Horner to create this fun quilt. This quilt looks complicated, but it is actually very easy to sew and came together quickly.
I had my daughter hold it while I took pictures and a very windy day. I loved our struggle to take a picture of this finished quilt.
Crystal Gem Quilt
I attended the Pink Castle Fabrics Glamp Stitchalot in 2017. So. Much. Fun! Lizzy House brought us a new quilt design. It is called the Crystal Gem Quilt (this quilt pattern is not available for sale at the moment). This session was challenging for me. I learned so much about color, tone, and overall quilt scale. Using my Alison Glass fabric stash, I created this colorful quilt.
Postcards from Sweden Quilt
This beautiful quilt is called Postcards from Sweden by Jeli Quilts. It is a free pattern and uses thirty-six different Kona Solid fabrics! I made this quilt for my husband for Christmas one year. He travels to Stockholm often and loves bright colors. This quilt is simple in construction. Using the Creative Grids Half-Square 4-in-1 Triangle Quilt Ruler is a huge timesaver. However, you have got to be organized! Label all your quilt blocks to keep track of the colors and fabric placement. I really like how this quilt turned out!
Campfire Glow Quilt
Then Came June held a Quilt Along for her then new pattern Campfire Glow Quilt. This was the first Quilt Along my shop sponsored. We had a fabric bundle quilt kit available for this event as well. I sewed along weekly. The fabrics are from the Cotton + Steel Basics fabric collection. I really like how this pattern combined traditional piecing techniques with a modern fabric layout to create a more contemporary quilt. This is a quilt that is fought over to cozy up with on a daily basis.
I was so excited to receive the Anna Maria Horner Bright Eyes fabric collection in the shop! The Inkling Quilt by Patchwork and Poodles worked perfectly with the Bright Eyes fat quarter bundle. This is a very simple pattern with large blocks that are all sewn the same. It came together quickly. I did very basic straight-line quilting and the entire quilt was finished in about a week.
Folk Blooms Quilt
Another event my shop sponsored was the Folk Blooms Quilt Along with Pen + Paper Patterns. I LOVED making this quilt. I really like the Scandinavian look and these flowers are just the cutest! I used fabrics from the Purl collection created by Sarah Watts for Ruby Star Society. I really like the softness and hand of the Ruby Star fabrics. This quilt is more of an advanced beginner skill level. Because of the repetitive blocks, once you get the hang of the assembly, it comes together quickly. I just finished this quilt last month even though the Quilt Along was last summer. Better late than never, right?
I am currently finishing up the Meadowland Quilt by Then Came June. I bought the fabric bundle for this quilt from her. Yes, I own a fabric shop. And I may carry quite a few of these fabrics. But it was so nice to not have to think! I loved this fabric combination and really wanted to make a project for fun. I am just starting to bind the quilt and will post pictures on my Instagram feed once it is finished.
What are some of your favorite quilt projects? How does quilting and sewing fit in your life? We would love to hear from you and share your love of quilting with our sewing community. Happy Sewing!